Zero Gravity

Apollo 11 and the new notion of space
23 July – 30 November 2019
Closed 11 August – 2 September

Peter Kogler - untitled

Project

50 years ago, on the night of the 20th of July, 1969, a human being set foot on the moon for the first time. Neil Armstrong's legendary exclamation, »That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,« and the images of astronauts hopping lightly across the lunar surface in their spacesuits unleashed a unique euphoria around the world.

The success of the moon landing created optimism about the future that was reflected in surprisingly varied aspects of life. The innovative technologies used to conquer space formed a »space« aesthetic that defined the zeitgeist internationally, from the fine arts to architecture, music, film, design, to fashion and children's toys. The advances into unknown dimensions through space travel expanded the previously accepted dimensions and possibilities of space. Terms and concepts regarding outer and inner space were redefined. The first images from space in particular sharpened our consciousness for the finiteness and fragility of the earth.

The ZERO GRAVITY exhibition revolves around these new dynamic concepts regarding space and how these advances affected the arts and sciences ever since. The exhibition will show artistic approaches in the context of a heterotopic spatial installation developed especially for it by media artist Peter Kogler. A mirrored environment allows viewers to immerse themselves in a virtual cosmos that seamlessly combines works of art dealing with space from the 1960s by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Sol LeWitt along with current work by Gregor Hildebrandt, Hans Schabus and Sonia Leimer.

In addition to art, historical exhibits relating to space travel, visionary architectural design, and icons of pop culture are presented. A comprehensive accompanying science program including lectures on current space research is an equal part of the exhibition project. Because… the moon is suddenly on everyone’s mind again!

Exhibition

23 July – 30 November 2019
Closed 11 August – 2 September

Opening Hours

Tue, Wed, Sat, 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment
Admission free

Catalogue

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue.

Artists

Ant Farm, Galina Balaschowa, Thomas Bayrle, Martha Boto, Lygia Clark, Attila Csörgő, Siegfried Ebeling, Stano Filko, Dan Flavin, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Gregor Hildebrandt, Anna Jermolaewa, Lukas Kindermann, Peter Kogler, Annie Leibovitz, Sonia Leimer, Sol LeWitt, Otto Muehl, Lowell Nesbitt, Nam June Paik, Walter Pichler, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sigmar Polke, Wolf D. Prix / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Robert Rauschenberg, Fred Sandback, Hans Schabus, Richard Serra, Mark Wallinger, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner

Apollo 11 Historical Artefacts

Neil Armstrong's space suit
Buzz Aldrin's check list
NASA archive photographs
and many others

Scientific Program

November 2019

CLOSE ENCOUNTER
A Space Symposium

Ulf Merbold, physicist and former astronaut - the only German on three space missions
On Being an Astronaut and Scientist in Space

Gerhard Daum, space flight journalist, curator of the exhibition Apollo and Beyond – Europe‘s largest exhibition on manned space travel in the Technik Museum Speyer
Apollo 11 and the Race to the Moon

Afterwards:
Art meets Science
Panel discussion with Ulf Merbold, Gerhard Daum and artists participating in the ZERO GRAVITY exhibition

Winter 2019/2020

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann-Dietrich »Jan« Wörner, Director General of the European Space Agency ESA (invited)
Why the Moon is Suddenly So Important Again. And Who Does it Belong to?

Winter 2019/2020

Prof. Wolf D. Prix, Architect, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
The Himmelb(l)aue Experiment

More lectures are planned, among others:

  • Mission to Mars: The Next Giant Step for Mankind?
  • What Significance Does Space Travel Have for Climate Research?
  • Zero Gravity: How the Human Body Adjusts to Weightlessness
Annie Leibovitz - Eileen Collins
Annie Leibovitz, Eileen Collins, Johnson Space Center, Houston, 1999, © the artist, Foto: Dominik Gigler
Robert Rauschenberg - Tilt
Robert Rauschenberg, Tilt, Stoned Moon Series, 1969, © Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles / Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Foto: Dominik Gigler
Gregor Hildebrandt – Das Glockenklöppel
Gregor Hildebrandt, Das Glockenklöppel, 2017
, © the artist, Foto: Dominik Gigler